Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Backing Sven; Acting Boss Davies Says Eriksson Is Right Man

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Backing Sven; Acting Boss Davies Says Eriksson Is Right Man

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Byline: KEN DYER

DAVID DAVIES, the acting Football Association chief, today gave his full backing to Sven-Goran Eriksson to stay as England coach.

As he arrived at the FA's Soho headquarters for emergency meetings following the resignation of chief executive Mark Palios, Davies threw his weight behind the Swede.

Executive director Davies, who is in temporary charge, is desperate to heal the PR shambles that has engulfed the FA over revelations surrounding Palios and Eriksson's relationship with FA secretary Faria Alam.

Davies said: "Sven is back today after the tournament in Amsterdam. We have the Community Shield in Cardiff this weekend and we have a huge amount to look forward to.

"Sven is one of the outstanding coaches in the world - that is why so many people want to hire him. That is why this club and that club or any country seeks his services.

"It is right to say he wants to be coach of the senior England team. He has a consistent track record wherever he has worked and he is popular and highly respected by the players.

"This is a time for us to rally the staff and rally people around. Football is more important than anything."

Davies, who was joined at the FA this morning by Trevor Brooking, vowed to "deal with the problems" facing the organisation. He said: "No one person is more important than the game we seek to serve. We have a highly talented leadership team with Sir Trevor Brooking and my job will be to ensure we go forward and bring people together during by anybody's standards a very difficult time."

Davies refused to say who else might go following either ahead of Thursday's FA Board meeting or after it.

"I am not going into any of that," he said. "An investigation is going on into how this problem began. When staff come in we will be saying to people 'let us get on to important business in front of us'. …

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